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Beard Name Meaning

nickname for a bearded man (Middle English, Old English beard). To be clean-shaven was the norm in non-Jewish communities in northwestern Europe from the 12th to the 16th century, the crucial period for surname formation. There is a place name and other evidence to show that this word was used as a byname in the Old English period, when beards were the norm; in this period the byname would have referred to a large or noticeable beard. As an American surname, this name has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other languages, in particular German Bart. habitational name from a place in Derbyshire, which derives its name by dissimilation from Old English brerd ‘rim’, ‘bank’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bard, Bear, Heard, Beach, Board, Bald, Lear, Byard, Bedard, Bark

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Where is the Beard family from?

You can see how Beard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Beard families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 168 Beard families living in Ohio. This was about 17% of all the recorded Beard's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Beard families in 1840.
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What did your Beard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Beard. 20% of Beard men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Beard women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beard were Truck Driver and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Beard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 54,000 military records available for the last name Beard. For the veterans among your Beard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beard lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Beard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Beard in 1941 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

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